(Late) Merry Christmas & Happy New Year

I wanted to take a quick second to say Happy New Year! I’ll also throw in a Merry Christmas since I’m running so behind on everything.

As is typical with bloggers, I figured that I’d go ahead and make my whole 2017 resolution post. Here goes:

  1. Finish up my bachelor’s in Accounting
  2. Raise enough meat birds so that I can decrease our store chicken purchases by AT LEAST 50% — hopefully 100%.
  3. Pay down credit card debt
  4. Read more to Ollie — Hopefully have him sleeping in his own bed before the end of the year!
  5. Garden enough to sell some extra crops — and can a LOT!

 

I think that’s it for now, but if I remember anymore I’ll come back and add it!

I hope everyone else has a great year (and had a Merry Christmas)!

Kitchen Remodel

We have started remodeling our kitchen! Or well technically we started like a year ago, stumbled, and now we are looping back around to try and finish up this remodel after some mistakes.

When we moved in our kitchen was ugly – like suuuper ugly. I’m posting pics from the home listing back then because it’s all I have, but trust me it doesn’t even do justice showing how ugly it actually was. Keep in mind these pics were meant to sell the home, but keep it listed forever, so they look a lot better than it actually was. Here goes:

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In case you can’t tell – the floors are ugly blue, the cabinets are the ugly fake orange wood, the over the stove fan is a dingy stained yellow, and the appliances are also super dirty. I also hate the countertops which were super ugly, and I absolutely needed more storage!

Step 1

We painted the walls gray in both the kitchen and living room, because the yellow was far too ugly and clashed with everything. Unfortunately we used a cheap paint, and it already looks not so pretty. We’ll have to repaint again soon. We also decided to paint the cabinets, they also came out looking awful! We used cheap no gloss paint because that’s what I read we should do. We also didn’t have a good sander, and we didn’t sand in between coats. I then took the hardware that was on there, and decided to try and paint it silver which was a Pinterest fail. We ended up with hard to clean ugly cabinets that dog hair and toddler filth clinged to! It looked a little better than the bright orange wood color for a while, but it didn’t last.

Cabinets that looked like this was the end result:

Step 2

We finally ended up with some money so that we could replace the stove, refrigerator, and the ugly over the range fan. We decided at this time to repaint the cabinets, and I read a LOT of blogs on the best way to do it. Unfortunately, we started this project a week or so before school started for us. We ended up for this reason only being able to finish painting on about half of the cabinets. We are now finishing the cabinets the right way, and they look amazing! We aren’t finished with this step yet, but as soon as we are, I’ll come back and edit this post to add pictures!

Why we “halfway” homestead

I know that if you’ve started reading my blog, you are probably wondering why I called it halfway homesteading instead of some mix of being a mom, homesteading, and/or having a giant farm. In reality I would absolutely LOVE to have a giant farm, but that isn’t possible at the moment. The reality is that I have a ton of other stuff going on at the moment including the following:

I work full time in corporate America trying to move my way right up that ladder

It’s true. It really doesn’t seem like someone like myself would have a desk job, but I do. To be honest it is way more stressful than any of this other stuff that I have going on, but it pays the bills, and I see it as a challenge because I know that this is something that I can do along with everything else. I plan to work in the corporate world for quite a longer until I can purchase a farm to make that a 2nd income, and get my CPA license so that can be my primary income possibly working from home or at the very least scheduling my own hours in an office somewhere.

I’m a full time student

As exhausting as this is with working full time, I go to school full time. I’m hoping that by this time next year I’ll have my bachelor’s in Accounting with a minor in insurance and risk management.

I’m a full time momma to a rowdy 4 year old

He’s awesome, and I love him so very much. He’s my little sidekick going along with all my crazy ideas helping me plant the garden and messing up the house while I’m trying to do some crazy remodel or cook dinner. We don’t really have a lot of family that is close or able to help out much with my kiddo, so he is either at daycare or attached to my hip – which is perfectly fine with me. I want a lot more kids (maybe like 5?)

I’m a full time wife

My husband in an Army veteran. He’s just as rowdy as my 4 year old is. He’s currently in college as well.

I like to do random remodels to my house

We were in a rush to buy our first home with the husband and myself changing jobs and moving after we had our little guy a few years ago. We got a good deal on a house in an area where property value is increasing significantly, but the house could use some work. We wanted to purchase a fixer upper that was already pretty much gutted so we knew what work needed to be done, but sadly the loan we were using wouldn’t allow us to purchase something that wasn’t move in ready. Turns out the house we purchased appeared to be move in ready, but really it needs work (knock on wood no more surprises).

 

 

 

So yeah basically I went over all this because this is why we halfway homestead. I’m honestly not sure that we have the time or resources to fully homestead. Would I love to grow a ton of food in my graden every year?! Hell to the yeah I would! Lol Seriously though I have trouble planting, weeding, and watering a garden that is about 3 beds wide. No way would I be able to do much more than this. We have chickens and they’re pretty easy to care for, but rather than have another garden, I’d make more room for a few more chickens, or I’d add some pigs. One day though we’ll have all the veggies we can eat, and all the pork, chicken, and beef that came from our own land J The whole halfway homesteading thing is sorta temporary, but it is the way it is for now J

Well Hello There!

My name is Courtney. Mom of Oliver (real life human 4 year old), Sarge (dog-lab), Boo (dog – mastiff), Dwight (dog – great pyrenees), and a ton of various reptiles! We also have 40 or so chickens at any given time, but I won’t say that I’m their mom since we eventually eat them — that just sounds a little odd! I have a great husband that supports all my wanna be farming ideas — his name is Dan!

I’m raising my son (and any future kids that we have) to appreciate everything that the earth provides to us. I know it probably sounds like I’m a hippie at this point, but really I am SO far from it! I do however believe in leaving the world a better place than we found it, living a sustainable lifestyle as much as possible, and knowing where our food comes from.

I will be using this blog to update the progress of our little homestead! Hopefully along the way we will gain some followers that my blog is able to help, but if not that’s okay too because this is more for me than anyone else.